Last season, the White Sox’s high Single-A Winston-Salem farm team was loaded with talented prospects such as Dylan Cease, Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Luis Gonzalez.
The Dash went 84-54 and were named the top Class A team in the minor leagues by Baseball America.
Omar Vizquel was Winston-Salem’s manager in 2018, and the Sox on Tuesday announced he’ll fill the same role with Double-A Birmingham this season.
Most of his best players from last year are positioned to be promoted to Birmingham this season.
In other player development staff news Tuesday, Frank Menechino was named hitting coach for Triple-A Charlotte, and Wes Helms was hired as a coach for Birmingham.
Menechino was the Marlins’ assistant hitting coach from 2014 to 2018, and former Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton gave him big credit after hitting
59 home runs and driving in 132 runs in 2017.
Helms, who played 13 years in the majors, was bench coach for Triple-A Lehigh in the Phillies’ system last season.
SoxFest guest list: The Sox announced additional invitations to SoxFest, which runs Jan. 25 to 27 at the Hilton Chicago.
For the first time since 2011, his final year as Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen will attend the annual winter gathering.
Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, Bo Jackson and team ambassadors John Cangelosi, Michael Huff, Ron Kittle and Dan Pasqua also will be at SoxFest.
First baseman/designated hitter Yonder Alonso and minor-league catcher Seby Zavala are new on the players’ list.
The Sox announced that Saturday-only passes are sold out. A limited number of Sunday-only and two-day passes for SoxFest are available.